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Bomber crewmen of the 303rd Bomb Group read a newspaper by the wheel of their B-17 Flying Fortress. Image stamped on reverse: 'Associated Press.' [stamp], 'Passed for Publication 25 Jan 1943.' [stamp] and '245302.' [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse has been damaged, what remains reads: '"HOW THE BOYS LIVE AND WORK AT FLYING FORTRESS STATION IN ENGLAND. Wide World Photo shows: Two members of a Fortress Crew read the latest News from home in "THE STARS AND STRIPES", Daily Newspaper published in London for U.S. service men on war duty in the European theatre of operations and ... at all army and Air Corps stations in Britain. Men shown here are Sgt. Joseph Worth-... 62, Pene Boulevard, E. Lansdowne, PA. ... and (Standing) and Staff Sgt. Henry H. ... 317 South Marsifield Chicago. Ill.'



  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...



  • 41-24561 The Duchess, "Sure Stuff"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-T] Bangor 10/9/42; Molesworth 16/10/42; 59m transferred 1 Base Air Depot (sic),* Burtonwood 7/7/44; Returned to the USA Altus 18/8/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Altus 14/8/45. Over...


  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...


Date Contributor Update
12 June 2020 13:44:50 glm303 Changes to person associations, place associations and aircraft associations

The men are Sgt Joseph G. Worthington (seated) and S/Sgt Harry H. Hofreiter. The B-17 with the wheel art is B-17F #41-24561 359BS (BN-T) THE DUCHESS. Both men were on her ground crew at the time of this photo.

Date Contributor Update
29 September 2014 12:52:46 Emily Changes to caption and place associations

FRE 1108

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:23:41 AAM AAM ingest

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection